Ganma Plot- Ghost 31-RX! 142

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Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the [40] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 31 Bizarre! The Power of the Ganmeisers!

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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:

Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi

Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Focus

What are your thoughts on this episode and what if any messages came into focus for you?

Sono

Given that this is the start of what I’ve been told is a 3-part arc, I’m not sure if this episode has a huge message, but I want to focus in on Shibuya and the fact that YOU DON’T HAVE TO FORGIVE PEOPLE WHO TREAT YOU BADLY. Shibya’s mom belittles and PHYSICALLY KICKS him. He’s totally right to hate her for that, and Takeru’s got no right to tell him not to hate her just because she’s his mother. I hope this doesn’t end with him reconciling with his mother. I hope she tries to and Shibuya shuts her down and stays with his found family and doesn’t have to deal with her anymore. He’s a sweet kid and he doesn’t deserve to be treated like that.

Aleph

I sorta wonder if the thing they’re working on, in that vein, is something about how they want to talk to the kids about how, hey, your parents are people, too?  Who had whole lives before you and that you gotta understand those lives so you can maybe understand them?  I mean, I’m with Sono on the whole “you don’t owe anyone your forgiveness and certainly not when they’re still being d-bags to you” thing, but I do wonder if by the end it won’t lead to a moment of understanding and transformation instead?  Like, maybe Shibuya never quite forgives his ma, but comes down to “I get you now” and she can change and they can work toward some kind of equilibrium?  I always like that sort of thing a TON more than I like “forgive or you suck even though the person you’re meant to forgive did a lot of things that are honestly pretty unforgivable”.  Stuff puts my hackles up, but this isn’t Laser Knees.

Ammit

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Woments

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 moments that made them say “Woah” from this bit of Ghost

Sono

  • The new shot of Alain in the OP is beautiful and speaks volumes to the leap his character has made.
  • Did we really just get a Shibuya episode?! We’re getting a whole Shibuya arc?! I cannot believe we are actually developing this kid as a character and I pray we do the same with Narita. What a good show.
  • This episode really merged episode-plot and the over-arching plot beautifully right from the start while Shibuya has to step out to answer a call from his mom in the middle of Alain being like “HEY HERE’S A BUNCH OF PLACES THEY CAN KILL US FROM.”and really having all of this unfolding side-by-side.

Aleph

  • When is Takeru gonna memory-flash on Onari? I wanna see punk-rock Onari deciding he wants enlightenment.
  • I share your excitement about Shibuya getting an episode and for the way they seem to be tying it into Takeru’s development.  Good going, show.  Nicely done.
  • Speaking of?  I was not anticipating seeing Igarashi again.  Like at all.  I like that guy and hope we keep seeing more of people from earlier bits.

Ammit

  • The shout out to Fumi at the start of the episode was great.
  • Alain going on about how much he loves the world.
  • Alain’s morpher having a fully functional projection feature

Questions

On Eyecons

  1. How do like Gyro so far? Is he too overpowered?
  2. Does it seem off that Ganmeisers would have the power to de-age people?

Forcing Perspective

  1. How did the de-aging sub-plot play in this episode?
  2. Does surreptitiously setting up gates fit as one of Alain’s original roles in the series?
  3. Is Takeru’s empathic ability being overplayed?

Spook Report

Here’s some critical information about the Ghost episode we talked about this time.

Information from TV-N’s Wiki on Ghost 31

Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi

Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Ganma: Another Ultima

New Heroic Eyecon Summoned: N/A

Miscellaneous: Gyro, the Ganma who instructed Alain in the martial arts has insane power levels and is played by Mr. Kamen Rider himself, Seiji Takaiwa. The actor Mizoguchi Takuya plays Shibuya and Tetsuya, Shibuya’s dad.

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